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2012 Nissan Versa Review – Everybody needs a dinghy

Friday August 26th, 2011 at 6:88 AM
Posted by: D.Colman

2012 Nissan Versa sedan
By David Colman

Likes:

  • Better rear legroom than a BMW 5
  • 130 lbs. less curb weight than 2011 Versa

Dislikes:

  • About as exciting as driving an Autopia car at Disneyland

Back in the Eighties, my Dad, who lived in snow-bound Boston, needed something besides his Mercedes SL to drive during the relentless winter months. He ended up selecting a Nissan Pulsar, bought from a dealer who wryly observed that “Everybody needs a dinghy.” Basically, the 2012 Versa is today’s version of the Nissan dinghy. Like the Pulsar, the Versa is small, unprepossessing, and noisy at full chat, but eminently practical. You wouldn’t choose it as your only vehicle, but rather as a useful addendum to a well-stocked garage.

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2011 Nissan Versa Hatchback 1.8 SL Review – Economy with Benefits

Wednesday December 22nd, 2010 at 2:1212 PM
Posted by: berrichondanny

2011 Nissan Versa HB
By Danny Chang

Pros

  • Plenty of head room
  • Decent acceleration if you keep your foot down
  • Decent trunk space for a hatch
  • Easy access

Cons

  • Could use more power
  • Quirky Gallic styling
  • Better MPG would be nice

My first car that I drove in high school was a dark blue 1986 Nissan Sentra coupe. It had a 1.6 L engine that probably put out just over 84 HP. It was a pretty base model with an aftermarket radio that had a push button auto reverse cassette deck. It had no side view mirror on the right hand side, but hey, who needs that. It had no AC, which was a bit problematic in the SoCal summers where temperatures routinely shoot up to the high 90s and low 100s in the valleys. To kick a man when he’s down, the Sentra used to overheat regularly and I had to pump the hot air into the cabin in order to cool the engine down. What the Sentra did have, though, was a five-speed manual transmission and a smooth clutch. So I was pretty interested to see what the new econobox from Nissan is like, almost a quarter of a century later.

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Featured User Review: 2008 Nissan Versa 5-door Hatchback

Tuesday July 13th, 2010 at 8:77 AM
Posted by: mswig

2008 Nissan Versa HatchbackFeatured User Review: 2008 Nissan Versa
European car comfort for the cost of a Japanese compact car

by Martin Swig

Price Paid: $13000.00
Review Date: July 13, 2010
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5
Value Rating 5 of 5
Used product for:
2 1/2 years

Summary:
After more than two and a half years and 30,000 miles of Versa ownership, I was happy to see that the rest of the world is recognizing this superb car. I’m referring to June 2010 sales of new cars in the sub-compact / small hatch category. Versa was at the top of the list, outselling Kia Soul (2nd), Chevrolet HHR and  Aveo, also Dodge Caliber, Hyundai Accent, Mini, Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris and Scion xD.

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Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris and Nissan Versa Comparison – The New Big 3's Little 3.

Monday January 26th, 2009 at 9:11 AM
Posted by: Kurt Gensheimer

Honda Fit - Nissan Versa - Toyota Yaris

By Kurt Gensheimer

Whether or not you’ve grown up as a car buff, unless you’re a troglodyte who still walks barefoot from point A to point B, you’re probably familiar with who “The Big 3″ automakers comprise. And if you’ve watched any of the executive groveling before our esteemed panel of D.C. dunderheads we call our “leaders”, then you’re absolutely familiar with The Big 3. However in the aftermath of Toyota’s recent ascension past GM to become the number #1 selling automotive brand in the world – in addition to its involvement in NASCAR and multiple American manufacturing plants – the old Big 3 moniker may need revision to include Toyota.

And who would be “The Other 2″? Honda and Nissan seem to fit the role quite well, with similarly expanding market share and multiple U.S.-based factories. Yes, it seems that when people nowadays refer to “The Big 3″, there needs to be some level of clarification – New School or Old School?

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2008 Nissan Versa Video Review

Wednesday March 5th, 2008 at 12:33 AM
Posted by: Derek

Nissan Versa Overview Nissan Versa S Full Review
Consumer Reviews of Versa S Nissan Versa S Photo Gallery Nissan Versa S Specs

The 2008 Versa sedan is a 4-door, 5-passenger family sedan, available in two trims, the 1.8 S and the 1.8 SL. The Versa S has a 6 speed manual transmission, 1.8-liter, I4, 122-horsepower engine, and is built on Nissan’s “B” platform. The Versa name reflects the “versatile space” provided by the roomy interior and cargo area.

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2008 Nissan Versa S Review – Filling the big shoes of Sentra

Friday February 22nd, 2008 at 12:22 PM
Posted by: Kurt Gensheimer

By Kurt Gensheimer

Blings:

  • Sub $13K base price
  • Most interior passenger and cargo space in its class
  • Crisp, responsive steering
  • Attractive interior (automatic shifter excluded)

Dings:

  • Resurrected 1st gen. Prius exterior design cues
  • Slothful 4-speed automatic
  • Tires howl louder than a pack of malnutritioned coyotes

Ruling: It’s lacks the Sentra’s sporting soul, but Nissan’s new entry-level whip makes up for it in quality and value.

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